QUEBEC CITY, NOV. 6 -- John Druce sat in the Washington Capitals' locker room before their game tonight against the Quebec Nordiques with his right hand wrapped in a heating pad.
"Just getting it warm," he said of his sprained wrist with all the concern of someone about to take a walk in the park. Didn't he understand the Capitals have had more than their share of injuries this season, that he's tied for the team lead in points and if the team loses too many more members it will be running classifieds?
"It feels a little better than I thought it would," Druce said. "It's just a little sore. It shouldn't be any problem."
Druce jammed the wrist during Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. The Capitals had Sunday off, but the pain did not subside so Druce was sent to see team physician Carl MacCartee. X-rays and a bone scan did not reveal any fracture, so Druce was planning on heating it before games, icing it afterward and wrapping it in tape during. Going for Five Straight
The Capitals entered this game having won four in a row. The last time they accomplished that feat was March of 1989, when they won eight games in a row. The franchise record for consecutive victories is 10. . . .
With their 18 points (as of this morning), the Capitals were tied for seventh in the overall NHL standings, sharing space with the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens and four points behind the league-leading Calgary Flames and New York Rangers. Replacing the Redskins
Buffalo will visit Capital Centre Saturday night and Boston comes in Sunday night. The Capitals don't often play Sunday games during the fall, but the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night, so there won't be that competition. . . .
The Capitals are so much better on the power play at home than on the road that it's startling. Overall, they are ranked seventh after spending most of last season at the bottom of the pack. At home, they are ranked second, having converted 12 of 34 chances (35.3 percent), but on the road they are 18th, having made good on five of 40 opportunities (12.5 percent).